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Lordstown finally gets its Senior Day

LORDSTOWN — The weather hasn’t been kind to area softball teams in the last week. The Lordstown Red Devils had three games canceled because of rain, including two attempts at Senior Day on Monday and Wednesday.

Although the Devils had another game canceled on Saturday afternoon against Leetonia, Lordstown finally got its Senior Day celebration with a replacement game against United Local. Even though it felt more like winter than spring, and Lordstown fell 15-5, the temperature and the final score were inconsequential.

“The season started out great,” Lordstown coach Dave Harrison said. “When the weather was great, we got most of our games in. This last week, the weather was terrible. Our athletic director, Aaron Smalley, helped us get a game in for Senior Day today. We started Senior Day three home games ago, and kept getting rained out.”

Lordstown (9-8) put up a good battle early on. Senior Julia Durig started the game at pitcher. United took a 4-1 lead after two innings, but Durig shut them down with a 1-2-3 top of the third.

“This game was kind of like our season,” Durig said. “We started off strong, but struggled toward the end. It was different, without having a season last year, but we just got right back into it like it never happened.”

The Devils put up two runs in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit to 4-3. Emma Urchek drew a walk. Speed is an asset of Urchek’s, as she later got an infield single, stole second base, and scored on a two-out RBI double by senior Lexie Drewek.

Drewek plays catcher and doubles as a member of the track and field team. She holds the school record for shot put, and will play softball for Mount Union next year.

“My parents, and my coaches pushed me to my full potential,” said an emotional Drewek. “I can’t thank them enough. I’m just sad that my senior year is almost over. I’m so grateful that we had a season this year.”

Durig drove in Drewek with a single that landed just over the edge of the infield dirt. Lordstown loaded the bases before United got out of the inning.

Senior Emily Knox led off the bottom of the fourth, and was promptly plunked with the ball in the back of her calf.

“It stung for a while,” Knox said. “You just have to walk it off. I love all of my teammates. They are all so supportive. I hope we win our next game against Brookfield, and keep the season going.”

Lordstown is expected to travel to Brookfield on Wednesday for the first round of sectional tournament play. Brookfield, seeded fourth, is scheduled to meet Ashtabula St. John on Monday and the winner meets seventh-seeded Lordstown.

Senior Melody Jacques will be doing her best to help the Devils advance.

“I have a unique role on the team,” Jacques said. “I’m always positive. I always want to learn something new. Even when we have a tough loss. I’m always excited and cheering everybody on.”

Senior Lily Simones almost drove in Knox. However, her potential base hit up the middle was robbed when the ball tipped off of the pitcher’s glove and was caught off the ricochet by a diving shortstop.

“I’ve been playing softball since fourth grade,” Simones said. “Melody is newer, but we’ve all been playing together for a long time. This season has been more enjoyable than most because it’s my last season. I’ve realized that I need to enjoy it more.”

Harrison said he hopes the girls have some more games ahead to enjoy.

“We finished just above .500,” he said. “We have a good group of girls. They are solid hitters. Hopefully, we’ll see how far we can go in the tournament.”

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